The Kingdom of Bahrain’s participation in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games received immense support from HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, may God protect Him, and is being closely followed by HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, owing to the great importance of the event as the only international sports occasion hosting a large number of participants.
We in the Kingdom of Bahrain look at Bahrain’s participation in the Rio Olympics from two point of views; first and foremost is that it’s in line with the Kingdom’s keenness to bolster and reinforce the Olympic values and principles synonymous with the Olympic games, which call for friendship, respect and collaboration between people and seizing the opportunity of having many sports delegations strengthen the friendly ties between our country and their countries. Secondly, Bahrain’s participation in this event is considered a great opportunity for the Kingdom to maintain its leading position on the international sports map. It also represents our continued keenness to provide great opportunities to Bahraini sportsmen and women to showcase their talents and improve their technical abilities by competing against the best in the arena of sports from across the world.
Rio 2016 is a great chance for Bahrain to maintain its presence in the Olympic games and to add more glories to its name, following the achievements recorded at the previous Olympic games, notably runner Maryam Jamal’s silver medal which confirms the development and growth of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the area of sports. Our intention this year is to add to this achievement and we are greatly optimistic given the fact that Bahrain is participating in the up-coming Olympics with a delegation comprising of a large number of sportsmen and women. They are all ready and raring to go to honourably represent the Kingdom and raise high its flag in the skies of Brazil. Worthy of note is that Bahrain is scheduled to compete in four games for the first time, namely athletics, shooting, swimming and wrestling. This in itself is a historical milestone for the Kingdom, thus we are very hopeful of witnessing great achievements from our champions who themselves will be eyeing to win medals that reflect Bahrain’s abilities.
The Kingdom’s participation in this event isn’t limited to the sports side, as the 2016 Rio Olympics also represent an opportunity for cultural exchange and building bonds of friendship with people from all over world. We are very keen to seize this opportunity to welcome to our camp-quarters in Brazil the guests, the delegation officials, and participants in the event, to showcase to them the development and achievements of the Kingdom of Bahrain in various areas and to project our local and Arabian culture.
Finally, we wish the best of luck to our champions in the next Olympics and we also wish Brazil a huge success in the organisation of this very important event.
Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Representative of His Majesty the King for
Charity Works and Youth Affairs
Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports
President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee